Disinfo: US sanctions seriously damage US businesses

Summary

U.S. sanctions against companies owned by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska (who is also personally a target of the U.S. sanctions) would seriously damage American businesses. Sanctioning Deripaska’s company Rusal, the world’s second-largest aluminum producer, would hurt companies like the Ford Motor Company. The company would not have enough aluminum to supply the market demand for the popular Ford F150 pickup truck.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation concerning sanctions against Russia. Ford does not depend on Rusal or any other foreign source of aluminium to produce these trucks. “F150 is only produced in the U.S.,” according to Christin Baker, a Ford Company spokesperson. “95 percent of the steel and 98 percent of the aluminium used in U.S. production is sourced in US.” Further debunking by Polygraph.info

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue107
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/05/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: Sanctions

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Disproof

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